SPARK TV ORDERED TO SUSPEND ITS ‘LIVE WIRE’ PROGRAMME

Uganda Communications Commission has ordered Spark TV to immediately suspend its Live Wire programme after the station appeared to ignore the regulator’s directive to have it rescheduled. The Commission on 18th October 2021 wrote to eleven TV stations directing them to reschedule their adult-themed gossip programmes from evening hours to between 10 pm, and 5 am, with effect from Wednesday this week. However, while other stations complied with the directive, Spark TV replied in its letter dated 20th October 2021, insisting that Live Wire was not culpable for any breach, and went ahead to air…

WhatsApp Rolls Out Encrypted Backups. Here’s How To Enable This Feature

It has taken a while but WhatsApp is finally rolling a highly requested privacy feature – encrypted backups. This feature was teased in July and it has finally arrived. Unencrypted backups was one of its privacy flaws as cloud backups provided by Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud could be accessed by authorities if they get warrants and these tech giants could hand over access to your data. This is was where rival messaging apps like Telegram and Signal got thumbs up in terms of privacy. It’s important to note WhatsApp already offers end-to-end encryption for messages within the app. WhatsApp…

Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down Globally

Global users are experiencing outages on Facebook, including all social networks the company owns, which include Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. When navigating to these websites, a server error will appear — Instagram shows a “5xx server error,” which indicates that this is an issue with Facebook’s servers. Users are also unable to send messages or load new content on the mobile apps for these platforms. Even Oculus, Facebook’s virtual reality platform, is experiencing outages, according to a tweet the platform posted. It appears that the outage is caused by a…

Opera Ads launches new self-serve Ad Manager Powered by DanAds

Opera has announced the launch of its self-serve advertising platform Opera Ad Manager, powered by DanAds. The Ad Manager is a customizable and scalable self-serve ad-tech infrastructure for Tier 1 publishers. The company says the new platform is designed to create, manage, and report on digital advertising campaigns in one place allowing advertisers to reach customers in all phases of their journey from discovery to conversion. The portal offers individual businesses and service providers the opportunity to advertise to their ideal audience around the globe, leveraging an easy to use…

UCC to close 3 Radio Stations in Bunyoro over Failure to Renew Licence 

Article by Atuganyira Innocent Three stations (names withheld) in Bunyoro are among the thirty Radio stations in the country that are at risk of being closed over failure to renew licence. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned, and informed their proprietors accordingly, and reminded that unless they regularize their operations by clearing all outstanding compliance issues and submit complete applications for their respective radio frequencies by Wednesday, 31st 2021 their respective radio spectrum assignments shall automatically lapse, and they shall be required to stop broadcasting. UCC said in the…

Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp are DOWN: Users unable to refresh feed, send or receive messages

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are all down across the world after a crash that has left social media users frustrated and unable to connect. The social tools, all owned by Facebook, including the platform’s own Messenger service, were first reported as not being available from 5:30 GMT on Friday. Users visiting Instagram online get a simple error message saying ‘5xx Server Error’, with no other information provided. As of now, the company has not made any official comment on the outage. However, people across the country have been tweeting about…

Kenyan to pay 3,000 KES. Registration Fee before owning a Drone Camera

This article is originally posted on tech-ish.com Kenyan will now be required to pay KES. 3,000 or $27 registration fee if they wish to own and operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) in Kenya. This comes after the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) received the go-ahead to operationalise the Civil Aviation regulations 2020, after they were acceded to by Parliament on 6th March 2021. There are other charges however, and the the full details can be obtained from www.kcaa.or.ke. The proposed charges had been gazetted by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport,…

Gov’t Finally Reveals When Social Media Platforms Will Be Unblocked

The minister of Internal Affairs, Jeje Odongo, has emphasized that social media platforms in Uganda will remain blocked until they are no longer a threat to national security. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp were blocked in Uganda ahead of January 14th presidential election. Security agencies alleged that opposition figures were planning to use social media to coordinate plans of causing anarchy after the elections. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) ordered telecom companies to switch off the internet in the country on January 13, a day to the…

WhatsApp to stop working on old and outdated phones

Older Android and iPhone devices will no longer support the latest version of the app, forcing owners to either update their mobile operating system or buy a new smartphone, the Independent reported. The UK based newspaper reported that any iPhone not running iOS 9 or newer, or any phone not running at least Android 4.0.3 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich – will no longer be able to open or operate the Facebook owned app. This means all iPhone models up to the iPhone 4 will be unable to support…

The mystery behind the M on the monument finally revealed

A few weeks ago, people especially social media users were left wondering why the independence monument had been tampered with. We woke up one day and there was an M placed beside the monument. Most people thought it was a political move while very few people had an idea of what it represented. The mystery has finally been solved after MTV made the announcement at a press conference held at Mestil hotel and said the MAMAs will take place on February 20, 2021, in Kampala, Uganda. So there you have…